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MS Final Examination – Dilruba Showkat


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HRI gender differences: information need, information processing style, self-efficacy, and tinkering
Gender issues have recently received increased attention in human robot interaction (HRI). To the best of our knowledge, almost no research has been done that investigates gender differences in information need, information processing strategy, self-efficacy, tinkering and their impact in human robot interaction. Because robots are becoming part of our homes and daily lives, it is important to understand how different groups of people use them. This thesis investigates these four aspects by examining object manipulation task from gender perspective using a humanoid robot (PR2). We used both qualitative and quantitative approaches for cross validation and methodological triangulation. Our experimental results show that females asked for more information for using the robot than males (p = 0.0002). Females process information comprehensively and males use selective information processing (p < 0.001). Males showed greater self-efficacy than females (p = 0.004). Males tinkered more with the robot than females (p < 2e-16 ). We found that tinkering is positively correlated (p = 0.008) with task success and negatively correlated (p = 0.001) with task time. Tinkering perhaps lead to males greater task success and low task time. Findings from this research can be useful for making design decisions for robots and open new research direction.

Major Advisor: Cindy Grimm
Committee: Margaret Burnett
Committee: Anita Sarma
GCR: Bo Zhao


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1007
Calvin Hughes
1 541 737 3168
Calvin.Hughes at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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